Disney VoluntEARS recently celebrated Anaheim-area veterans by working with The Mission Continues, an organization that challenges veterans to serve and lead in communities across America. On November 3, Disney VoluntEARS visited Veterans First in Anaheim for a work day where they, along with other volunteers from The Mission Continues, painted, landscaped and performed general maintenance at the facility, which provides housing for homeless and at-risk veterans in the area.
“It was an honor to work with the Disney VoluntEARS and The Mission Continues teams at the Veteran’s First home on Saturday,” said Disney VoluntEAR and veteran Manny Kiesser. “Veterans really do have an unspoken bond that spans generations and even the branch you served with. So as a veteran, it felt really special to be working alongside veterans again – and with others who care about us. It was even more special to be able to help out some other, less fortunate veterans. I served with the Marines and our motto is Semper Fidelis – Always Faithful. On Saturday, we kept the faith with our vets, and I’m grateful to Disney for providing the opportunity.”
The Mission Continues is one of the organizations to which Disney has provided a grant through the Heroes Work Here initiative, launched in March 2012. Disney committed to providing at least 1,000 jobs and career opportunities for returning U.S. veterans over the next three years, supporting military families and veterans during their transition into civilian life, and launching a national public awareness campaign to encourage all employers across the U.S. to hire veterans.
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